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Preamble and schedule of specifications

Coatings specification

Project:  ______________________________________________________
Contract:  ______________________________________________________
Building:  ______________________________________________________
Location:  ______________________________________________________
Owner/agent:  ______________________________________________________
Specification no:  ______________________________________________________
Prepared by:  ______________________________________________________
Date:  ______________________________________________________


The work involved and intended in this Contract to be carried out at the location detailed above comprises the following:
Prepare surfaces and apply Resene paint in accordance with this specification.



The Contractor guarantees this work under normal conditions of use against failure of:
Materials: According to 1(v) Durability of Paint Systems in the Resene One-Line Specifications and Product Data Manual.

Refer to the Preliminaries and general section for the required form of guarantee and details of when completed guarantees must be submitted.

The Contractor is to guarantee their work against all defects that may occur within three months from the completion of the contract and will be required to make good such defects at their own cost.



The Contractor shall provide adequate Public Liability insurance.

Specifications for Resene paints

This is the specification referred to in our contract

Dated _________________________________________________________________________

Owner ________________________________________________________________________

Witness _______________________________________________________________________

Contractor _____________________________________________________________________

Witness _______________________________________________________________________


Contract form

The successful Contractor will be required to sign a form of contract on Page 2 of this specification and the appending of duly witnessed signatures will be taken to indicate that they have made themselves entirely familiar with their obligations as set out in this specification.


Examine site

Tenderers are advised to examine the site and building before tendering. The submitting of a tender will be taken as an indication that the Tenderers have visited the site and made themselves familiar with any matters that might affect the fulfilment of their part of the contract and have made due allowance in their tender for these. No consideration shall be granted for any misunderstanding as to the work to be performed or materials to be used.


Time to completion

The Tenderers shall state in their tender:
a) The date on which they could commence performance of the contract.
b) The period they will require in which to complete the contract.
c) The minimum number of workers they intend to have working on the performance of the contract.



Access to the site of the works for the purpose of carrying out the works shall be given to the Contractor on the date for commencement of the contract as specified under this clause. The Contractor shall begin the works immediately after such access has been given and shall proceed regularly with the same and shall complete performance of the contract within the time specified under this Clause.


Bylaws and regulations

The whole of the painting operations shall be carried out in conformity with Regulations and Requirements of all Public Bodies having jurisdiction in the matter and the Contractor shall pay any fees which may be payable in respect thereof.


1. General

This specification has been written in good faith with information available at the time. It is assumed that the nominated applicator has the necessary experience and equipment to fulfil the requirements of this specification. If any substrate differs or is missing from this specification, please advise the writer.

Any question arising from the specification is to be referred immediately to the writer or to the local Branch Manager, Resene Limited.



1.1 Documents referred to

Documents listed below and cited in the clauses that follow are part of this specification. The OSH documents and Health and Safety in Employment Act (Amended 1993) take precedence in the event of them being at variance with the cited document.

Documents referred to in this section are:
Resene One-Line Specifications and Product Data Manual
Resene Putting Your Safety First

Health and Safety in Employment Act (Amended 1993)

Occupational Health and Safety Service (OSH) publication: Guidelines to the provision of facilities and general safety in the construction industry.
Occupational Health and Safety Service (OSH) publication: Guidelines for the management of lead-based paint.
Report of the Asbestos Advisory Committee to the Minister of Labour - April 1999

1.2 Manufacturers documents

Manufacturer's and supplier's documents relating to work in this section are:
The Resene One-Line Specifications and Product Data Manual.
Copies of the above Resene literature are available by phoning (NZ) 0800 RESENE (0800 737 363) or visiting or (Aust) 1800 738 383 or visiting

Requirements of the Contractor in the Completion of Defined Works


1.3 Control samples

Prepare samples of the finished work, including the specified preparation if required by the architect or designer. Obtain written approval from the Principal's representative before proceeding.

Use the Resene Architectural Sample Box as a basis of standard where appropriate.

Control samples may, after written approval, be used for comparative testing of dry film thicknesses of the complete coating systems.

1.4 Qualification

Painters to be experienced competent workers, familiar with the materials and the techniques specified and with the Resene coating systems.

1.5 Health and safety

Comply with the requirements of the Health and Safety in Employment Act (Amended 1993) and the Occupational Safety and Health Service (OSH) publication "Guidelines for the provision of facilities and general safety in the construction industry." If the elimination or isolation of potential hazards is not possible, then minimise hazards in this work on site by using the proper equipment and techniques as required by the Painters Hazard handbook and Resene Putting Your Safety First handbook. The Contractor must supply protective clothing and equipment, inform the Principal's representative as well as the employees and others on site of the hazards and put in place procedures for dealing with emergencies.

Refer to the Occupational Safety and Health Service (OSH) publication "Guidelines for the management of lead-based paint" for the required procedures and precautions when:

1.6 Material Safety Data Sheets

Ensure all applicators have read the material safety data sheet for each product prior to use and comply with the required safety procedures. Material safety data sheets for all products can be obtained from Resene (ring 0800 RESENE, or access from In Australia, ring 1800 738 383 or access from Keep all sheets on site.



1.7 Resene inspection

Permit representatives of Resene to inspect the work in progress and to take samples of their products from site if requested.

1.8 Inspection of the work

Inspection of the whole of the work at each of the stages may be made by the Principal's representative. If inspection is required, agree on a programme that will facilitate such inspection, including notification when each part and stage of the work is ready for inspection prior to the work commencing.

2. Products




2.1 Materials generally

All coatings to be Resene products (which are guaranteed for consistency and performance under ISO 9001 and APAS) prepared, mixed and applied as directed in the Resene One-Line Specifications and Product Data Manual.

Paint containers not in use are to have their lids or closures firmly affixed to prevent evaporation and contamination from foreign bodies.


Refer to AS/NZS 2311:2000 Guide to the painting of buildings, Section 1.9 Selection of Colour.

Differently coloured paints will vary in price, opacity and durability. Colours need to be clearly identified before tendering to allow reasonable pricing that will consider both price and the number of coats needed to obtain opacity. Resene normally only specify two coats of colour but with certain colours, such as yellows and oranges, three coats may be needed. Your Resene representative will assist.

Resene colours do vary in durability. Check with your local Resene representative if this is an important requirement of the job. Before any work commences painters should verify, with Architects or specifying authority, that their paint matches a previously supplied standard card or panel. The gloss level could also be checked at this stage.

Large wall areas that require more than one container of paint per coat should have enough paint boxed together to complete the final coat. This will not apply if a single factory batch of paint, rather than shop tinted paint, is applied.

Please ensure that the colour purchased is the same as selected. Resene Limited accepts no responsibility for the application of incorrect colours.

Darker colours over damp timber may result in faster than normal drying out and subsequent cracking. This may occur if timber is wet before painting or becomes wet for any reason at a later date. This should be taken into account when choosing colours.

2.3 Paint systems

Apply the listed Resene systems for the accompanying substrates as per the coatings schedule.

2.4 Thinners/additives

Use only if and when expressly directed by Resene for their particular product in a particular application.



2.5 Accessories

Contact your local Resene ColorShop for a full range of accessories and usage advice.

3. Execution




3.1 Execution

To conform with required trade practice, which shall be deemed to include those methods, practices and techniques contained in AS/NZS 2311:2000 Guide to the painting of buildings, and the Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) publication: "Guidelines for the provision of facilities and general safety in the construction industry."

3.2 Treated surfaces

Where surfaces have been treated with curing agents, preservatives, fire retardants, or similar, check with the treatment manufacturer that coating materials are compatible with the treatment and do not inhibit its performance. If they are not compatible, obtain instructions from the treatment manufacturer before proceeding.

3.3 Ancillary surfaces

The descriptions of areas to be coated given in schedules and elsewhere are of necessity simplified. Coat all ancillary exposed surfaces to match similar or adjacent materials or areas, except where a fair-faced natural finish is required or items are completely prefinished. In cases of doubt obtain written instructions from the Principal's representative before proceeding.

The Contractor must complete any work obviously necessary for the proper and entire completion of the contract even if not specifically covered by this specification without extra cost to the principal.

3.4 Hardware

Do not paint hinges or hardware that cannot be removed. Before commencing work carefully remove all hardware, fixtures and fittings, set aside where they cannot be damaged or misplaced and replace on completion.

3.5 Protection

Supply, lay and fix all dropsheets, coverings and masking necessary to protect non-specified surfaces, adjoining, fixtures, fittings and spaces from paint drops, spots, spray and damage.

Application - Preparatory work


3.6 Surface preparation

Refer to the Resene One-Line Specifications and Product Data Manual for surface preparation sheets (or obtain them by calling (in NZ) 0800 RESENE, or from the Resene website (or in Aust) 1800 738 383 or visiting listed in the materials systems schedule clauses. Carry out all the preparatory work required by them for each of the substrates.

Use Resene Broadwall Surface Prep. as a surfacer to achieve a Level 5 finish on interior wallboards.

3.7 Lead based paint, asbestos

If present, handle lead-based paint and asbestos as required by the Resene Putting Your Safety First booklet and the Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) publication: Guidelines for the management of lead-based paint.

For further information read "Report of the Asbestos Advisory Committee to the Minister of Labour - April 1999" or contact Resene. Removal and/or disposal of asbestos containing materials may require special permission and a licence. Contact your local Council office to determine your obligations under their bylaws.

3.8 Sharp edges

For timber refer to AS/NZS 2311:2000 Guide to the painting of buildings, Section 3.2.2 Standard of Finish.

Sand sharp edges on timber to a rounded profile to ensure adequate paint cover. Apply a stripe coat of each specified coating on steelwork sharp edges and welds, in addition to the specified coat, to achieve the correct film build and maximise the potential of the paint system. Sand, grind or file sharp edges on other substrates to a rounded profile where practicable.

3.9 Remedial work

If any substrate or surface cannot be brought up to a standard that will allow painting or clear finishing of the required standard then do not proceed until remedial work is carried out.

3.10 Gap filling

Refer to AS/NZS 2311:2000 Guide to the painting of buildings, Section 7.3.3 Gap Filling.

Thoroughly clean and prepare cracks, holes, indented and damaged surfaces for filling. A special primer is needed with many substrates, while on others the filler can interfere with the coating. Check carefully and only use fillers in strict accordance with the manufacturer's directions. Elastomeric sealants that can tolerate 30% movement should only be used where gaps exist between different substrates or for expansion joints. Do not use elastomeric sealants for general hole filling. Do not paint over elastomeric sealants because they are liable to bleed plasticiser and are much more flexible than the paint. Fillers such as Resene Jointflex or Resene Epox-O-Bond Epoxy Filler are recommended on exterior concrete and interior concrete in wet areas.

3.11 Sealants

Where sealants are required, check with the sealant manufacturer regarding correct priming and that overcoating materials are compatible with the sealant and do not inhibit its performance. If they are not compatible, obtain instructions from the sealant manufacturer before proceeding.

3.12 Off site work

Carry out all this work, where possible under cover, in a suitable environment with suitable lighting. Store all items, both before and after coating, in a clean, dry area protected from the weather and mechanical damage, properly stacked and spaced to allow air circulation and to prevent sticking.

3.13 Priming timber joinery

Refer to AS/NZS 2311:2000 Guide to the painting of buildings, Section 3.2.8 Machine Priming of Timber and Section 3.2.10 Effect of Timber Species.

Ensure L.O.S.P. treated joinery has dried sufficiently to lose all solvent odour. Pre-treat bare timber with Resene TimberLock (Data Sheet D48) to improve the durability of subsequent coats. Allow Resene TimberLock to dry for 24 hours then wipe off any still tacky material with a Turps wet rag. Liberally coat end grain, allow to soak in and then recoat. After Resene TimberLock has dried, prime with Resene Wood Primer or Resene Quick Dry Acrylic Primer Undercoat.

3.14 Concealed joinery surfaces

Where off-site coatings are specified they must be applied to all surfaces especially including those concealed when incorporated into the building.

3.15 Concealed metal surfaces

Apply primer to all surfaces that will be concealed when incorporated into the building.

3.16 External doors

Prime or seal and paint all edges before hanging.

3.17 Bead glazing

Joinery to be stained, varnished, or painted to have the first two coats, or the primer and one undercoat, applied to rebates and beads before glazing. This is especially important with clears. Resene TimberLock is strongly recommended, particularly if there is a risk of water ponding.

3.18 Putty fronting

According to the putty manufacturer's instructions allow putty to harden, then prime with Resene Wood Primer (Data Sheet D40) or Resene Quick Dry Acrylic Primer Undercoat (Data Sheet D45). Fully protect the putty by completing the Resene coating system as soon as it is sufficiently firm.

Application - Generally


3.19 Painting generally

Comply with the Resene One-Line Specifications and Product Data Sheets, product labels and the additional requirements of this work section.

All paints must be brought onto the job by the Contractor in their original sealed containers and be made available for inspection prior to application. Any materials supplied by the Contractor that differ from the material specified in this contract must be immediately removed from the job by the Contractor upon the Contractor being requested to do so.

No painting shall begin on any area until the approval of the Principalís representative is given.

3.20 Mixing

All paints to be thoroughly mixed. Incorporate any settled pigment and ensure the paint is homogenous.

3.21 Environment

Refer to AS/NZS 2311:2000 Guide to the painting of buildings, Section 6.3 Climatic Conditions

Defer painting of exterior surfaces until weather conditions are favourable - warm dry days without frost or heavy dews are preferred. Avoid painting in direct sunlight any surfaces that absorb heat excessively.

Do not apply paint if the surface is less than 5°C above dew point, the relative humidity exceeds 85% (unless special precautions are taken to ensure that the surface is at least 5°C above the temperature of the surrounding air), there is moisture or ice visible on the substrate or if any of these conditions are likely to occur before the paint has dried.

As far as possible, apply paint in the temperature range 15°C to 25°C. If temperatures fall outside the range of 10°C and 35°C do not paint unless paints with the necessary temperature tolerances have been specified.

The Principal's representative may order painting to cease if, despite all conditions being met, there is a likelihood of frost or dew. The Contractor may propose protective measures against frost and these measures will be subject to the approval of the Principal's representative.

3.22 Sequence of operations

Painting work to generally follow the following sequence:

3.23 Application

Refer to AS/NZS 2311:2000 Guide to the painting of buildings, Section 8.7 Methods of Application.

Select brush, roller, pad or spray and apply coatings to the recommendations of Resene to obtain a coating of the specified thickness, uniform gloss, surface finish and colour. Refer to the appropriate product data sheet and can label for appropriate application methods.

3.24 Lightly sand

Lightly sand all primers, sealers, undercoats and all intermediate coats to remove dust pick-up, protruding fibres and coarse particles. Complete by removing dust immediately before applying the next coat.

3.25 Defective work

Immediately correct at own cost any defective work and recoat as required, following precisely the Resene system being applied.

3.26 Loss or damage

The Contractor shall be responsible for any loss or damage that may be caused to the property of the Owner in the carrying out of this contract. The Contractor shall make good such loss or damage at he Contractorís own expense, to the satisfaction of the Owner.

3.27 Each coat

Each coat of paint and the completed paint system to have the following qualities and properties:



3.28 Clean

Clean all adjoining surfaces, glass and fittings of any paint contamination. Clean adjoining glass to a shining finish.

3.29 Leave

Leave the whole of this work uniform in gloss and colour, of correct thickness, free from all painting defects, clean and unmarked and to the standard required for all following trades.

3.30 Remove

Remove all dropsheets, coverings and masking to leave surrounding surfaces and areas clean, tidy and undamaged. Remove all debris, unused materials and elements from the site.

3.31 Replace

Replace all hardware without damage to it or the adjoining surface and leave hardware properly fitted and in working order.

4. Schedules

Prepare surfaces and apply Resene in accordance with the attached paint system specifications.

Schedule of paint systems



spec. no

   Resene One-Line Specification   

  Colour and code  


1st coat

2nd coat

3rd coat


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